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The Plainview Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of smoke in the house on Sunday, January 18 at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Radcliffe Road.

The Plainview Fire Department responded to a house fire on Radcliffe Road over the weekend.

Plainview Fire Department members living in the area were first to the scene where they confirmed the house was on fire and performed an initial search to make sure all of the residents were out of the house.

Upon arrival, 1st Deputy Chief Robinson found heavy smoke showing on the second floor from the right side of the house. A signal "10" working fire was transmitted by Chief Robinson and the dispatcher toned out the department for a confirmed working structure fire.

Mutual aid was called from Hicksville, Jericho, Syosset and Bethpage. Deputy Chief Robinson established command while 2nd Deputy Chief Dubner was in command of the interior operations. The fire was reported on the right side of the house, which began due to a compromised fireplace. Fire was found on the first and second floors and eventually made its way into the attic.

Command was ultimately turned over to Chief Mertz who oversaw operations. Assisting was Ex-Chief Baron who was running communications and Ex-Chief Morrissey was acting as safety officer.

The Plainview Fire Department responded with over 30 members and 6 pieces of apparatus. The fire was under control within an hour. No injuries were reported. The Red Cross and building department were called to help facilitate shelter and clothing.

According to volunteer Larry Plavin, the Red Cross gave the family, a mother and her young children, funds for food and clothing, totaling $655. Trained volunteers also helped provide emotional support to the obviously distraught family--all of whom escaped the blaze in pajamas. The family opted to seek shelter with family members in Queens.

The blaze was the second requiring Nassau Red Cross assistance over the weekend.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost to those affected, thanks to donations from the public. To learn how you can help victims of local disasters like this, visit the Nassau Red Cross online at www.nassauredcross.org or call 747-3500.


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